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TIMBER IN GROUND - Half Day Seminar by the Wood Marketing Federation


Thursday, September 03, 2015


Registration from 08.45


Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin



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Free half day seminar organised by the Wood Marketing Federation

A panel of experts will examine issues relating to enhancing the life of timber in ground contact as well as addressing the challenges and opportunities for home-grown timber in replacing non-renewable materials.

Who should attend?
The conference is aimed at private and public specifiers including architects, engineers, designers and developers along with timber preservation companies and treaters, third level colleges, State companies and agencies including Coillte, Teagasc, NSAI, Enterprise Ireland and the National Roads Authority (NRA). It will also be of interest to forestry companies, agricultural advisors, farmers and representative groups – IFA, ICMSA – and the Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The event is free but attendees must register by August 29: Donal Magner, Secretary, Wood Marketing Federation (WMF) – email donalmagner@eircom.net or call +353 (0)86 2607883.

This seminar is part funded by COFORD, Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine


08.45 -  Registration and coffee
09.45 - Introduction: Paul Harvey, Chairperson, Wood Marketing Federation.Conference chairperson: Dr. Annette Harte, Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway
10.00 Seminar launch: Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State with responsibility for forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
10.15 Opening address: International perspective – preservative techniques – Ed Suttie, Director (Research) BRE (Building Research Establishment).
10.45 A sawmillers practical approach to timber in ground contact – Andrew Kidney, Production Director, Balcas Timber Ltd.
11.15 Improving the quality of timber in ground contact – Janet Sycamore, Operations Director at Timber Decking and Cladding Association (TDCA).
11.45 From the user’s point of view – Donal Slattery, Purchasing Manager, FRS Fencing Systems.
12.15 Standards and specifications for fencing – IS 135 (timber post and rail), IS 136 (farm fencing) and IS 137 (stud fencing) – Barry Matthews, Certification Officer, NSAI (TBC)..
12.45 Panel discussion
13.00 Close of conference – Paul Harvey, Chairman, WMF

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